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I just realised that I have only four days left to give away Hilton Honors Gold status to a friend. This is a special benefit that Hilton Honors gave to all Diamond members in December, but it must be used by 31st January.

As Rhys and my wife already have Hilton Honors Gold status via their American Express Platinum cards, I am going to give it away in a quick competition today.

You only have until midnight tonight, Wednesday, to enter.

What does Hilton Honors Gold status get you?

This is the mid-tier Hilton status.  Hilton Honors is generally known for having the best mid-tier benefits in the hotel industry.  Gold does not carry a lot of weight in North America, where hotels are overrun with Gold members, but it does often carry respect in Europe and Asia.

The standard requirements for a Hilton Gold are either 20 stays, or 40 nights, or 75,000 Hilton Honors base points in a calendar year. For 2021, these requirements are halved so you only need 10 stays this year to earn Gold status for 2022.

The key benefit here is free breakfast.

You will receive a free breakfast of some sort at all Hilton Honors brands, including Hilton, Conrad, Curio, Waldorf Astoria and DoubleTree hotels

This is usually but not necessarily full breakfast – at the Conrad New York, for example, I was given a special Gold breakfast menu which allowed me to pick a couple of items from a short list or take a $20 credit off a cooked item. At Hilton Garden Inn you need to select breakfast as your ‘My Way’ benefit. At Waldorf Astoria Dubai The Palm over Christmas, we got full breakfast – a big saving over five nights.

You should also receive some sort of space-available upgrade at most brands.  You shouldn’t expect too much, often just the best room in the category you booked.  You will also receive two free bottles of water per stay.

The other main benefits of Hilton Honors Gold are:

  • 80% bonus points – which soon adds up
  • late check-out (not guaranteed)
  • 2nd guest stays free (only useful in countries which tend to charge more for two people, eg Germany)

You will also qualify for the ‘book 5 nights and pay for 4’ Hilton Honors redemption benefit which is offered to all status members.

You can see the official list of Hilton Honors Gold benefits here.

How long will your Gold status last if you win?

Your Hilton Honors status will last for exactly one year from the day that I process your upgrade.

As the upgrade has to be triggered by 31st January, your status will run for the rest of 2021 and most of January 2022.

How do you enter?

As usual, we have made it as easy as we can. Simply fill in the form below.

The competition is restricted to UK and Ireland residents only. If you win, I will email you and ask for your Hilton Honors number to process the upgrade – if you are not already a member, you will need to open a free account.

The prize is not transferable. The upgrade can only be processed on an account in the name of the winner.

You are limited to one entry per person.

For clarity, the prize will not extend existing Hilton Honors Gold status by another year. Only enter if you are currently Hilton Honors base level or Hilton Honors Silver, or if you don’t currently have a Hilton Honors account at all.

Hilton is not involved in this competition in any way.

If you cannot see the entry form below, either because you are reading this on a small mobile device or via email, click here to be taken to a hosted online form.

Good luck.

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (June 2024)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points and they come with generous sign-up bonuses. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (41)

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  • Tariq says:

    I’ve been Diamond for a couple of years and have still never received an email about gifting Gold this year. Is there a website that you can access to do it?

    • Alan says:

      If I am not mistaken it usually it takes 30 stays to gain Diamond but 60 stays to be able to gift Gold.

      • Rob says:

        This is different. These gifts went to all Diamonds and the only criteria was to be Diamond.

        There is a different award – which oddly I never got – for hitting 60 nights.

  • Robert says:

    Rob: can you delete my entry, please. Turns out I already have gold (hadn’t realised I’d been extended) and don’t want to take up sometime else’s entry space.

  • Tony says:

    I’m in the same boat as others. Been Diamond through BA GGL for a number of years, but I never received an invitation but would like to be able to gift Gold!

    • Nick Burch says:

      You’re looking for an email in mid-December, from Hilton Honors, with a subject of “You have a gift of Gold status to give!”. If you got one of those (maybe in your spam folder?), it will have a unique code in you need to share with someone so they can claim gold status.

  • Michael C says:

    Cheers for that, Rob!

  • TripRep says:

    Nice one Rob, I’ve applied for it on behalf of my nephew, intend to gift some HH pts for him to use this year when UK hotels are okay to stay at again.

  • Chrisasaurus says:


    100 or so entries at the time I write this. I have one too, I had tried to give exchange it for a donation to charity but was lost in old thread – if there is demand tomorrow once the competition closes would it be appropriate for any of us in the same boat to trade them – with the strict caveat it is in exchange for donations to charity?

    • Rob says:

      Let’s get this out of the way first and then we can see. Happy to forward email addresses if you want to post again from tomorrow.

    • Roger says:

      I’m still up for a charity donation in exchange if you are interested rogerajames on Gmail

  • ankomonkey says:

    On the subject of competitions, who won the double monkers?

  • Paul says:

    I have diamond, where can I go to gift gold to a friend please?

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      You’ll have had an email if eligible

      • Geoff says:

        Maybe not – I didn’t get an email, probably because I had member offers and marketing emails set to OFF in my profile. Check the email noted above but a 5 day turnaround might not quite make it.

        • Rob says:

          For clarity …. anyone who said ‘no’ to receiving marketing emails from Hilton didn’t get the ‘free Gold for a friend’ email.

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